For Sarah Jessica Parker, it's a problem she faces every day: how to raise her three children to have "normal" lives and values when she and her husband of 14 years, Matthew Broderick, are extraordinarily famous. The "Sex and the City" star admits in the new Marie Claire that, even now, she struggles being a working mom to James Wilkie, 8, and 2-year-old twins Marion and Tabatha (nicknamed Kitty and Babe).
"We didn't have a lot when I was growing up, and it's the best thing that happened to me because I appreciate everything," Parker explains. "I developed a really strong work ethic, and I don't take anything for granted." The red carpet icon, 46, notes that she goes to great pains not to act like a celebrity diva by taking the subway, doing her own grocery shopping, and dropping her kids off at school.
In fact, she's so down-to-earth that SJP says she was shocked when the New York Post claimed she used her status to try and get out of jury duty -- an assertion she denies. "For Page Six to be so cavalier -- I was so outraged by the character assassination!" she exclaims. "I have served so many times, I was asked to come speak at Jury Appreciation Day! I expect I should be more calloused by now, but I am so sensitive about not ever living up to anybody's worst idea about an actor who is well-known."
Most of the time, though, the star of the upcoming movies "I Don't Know How She Does It" and "New Year's Eve" is dealing with problems closer to home. For instance, she felt torn when her shooting schedule for "Sex and the City 2" took her away for seven weeks: Her son was about to celebrate a birthday and her daughters were too young for shots they would need to travel to Morocco.
"I don't want to say I regret doing it. My son came to see me on his Thanksgiving break, and he loves talking about his trip to Morocco. But emotionally it's hard," Parker admits. "I dealt with it the same way working moms deal with it all the time: You miss them; you wish you were sharing every experience with them; you stay in touch; you annoy them with your sentimental phone calls and Skyping." (If there's ever yet another sequel to the franchise, SJP teases that the time isn't now. "I know what the story is, and there would come a time when it should be told -- but we'll see.")
Read more about Parker in the September Marie Claire, on newsstands now.
Plus, check out the trailers for SJP's two upcoming movies: